For fans — addicts — of Empire’s soapy, dishy deliciousness, the season 2 premiere date cannot arrive fast enough (just one more week, guys). Based on the teaser-filled trailers alone, we’re dying to see more of a probably not humbled Lucious Lyon in prison orange, Hakeem and Jamal’s harmonious duets (well, if they’re speaking at this point), and, of course, the supreme Cookie in all her designer-outfit fabulousness.
With Cookie’s wardrobe and storyline amped up for season 2, her hair and makeup are coming along for the ride (probably in a tricked-out Escalade). The full realization of the beloved character in all her leopard-print, well-accessorized glory requires an all-hands-on-deck, dedicated team effort — as if you’d ever think she’d be low-maintenance — comprised of makeup-department head Beverly Jo Pryor, celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff, hair-department head Melissa Forney, costume designer Paolo Nieddu, the show’s co-creators — Danny Strong and Oscar nominee Lee Daniels — and, of course, Cookie herself, the inimitable Taraji P. Henson.
We spoke with these in-the-know folks to learn what it takes to bring such a tour de force character to life. In addition to some great beauty tips and product recommendations, we got some insider scoop on what you can expect from season 2. Let this whet your appetite until the main course on September 23.